I believe our mind is the builder and our lifeâ€™s reality is constructed by our thoughts. In keeping with this, I also believe positive thoughts have enormous power in our behavior and in generating our psycho-physiological health and well-being.
I am a consultant psychologist, and have practiced in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. I use a broad spectrum of approaches in diagnosing and treating patients who may have a variety of psychological issues. Since establishing my Dubai consultancy seven years ago, my experiences confirm that the best way to diagnose and treat patients is by combining modern science and traditional methods. In my psychotherapy services, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy consultation. In additional treatments, I may use Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback, a method that is a hybrid of scientific and holistic medicine.
Education & Background
I completed my studies in the United States over a period of 11 years. This included my undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. My Ph.D. in General Psychology was received from California’s North Central University after earning my Master’s Degree in Holistic Psychology at Virginia’s Atlantic University. My studies gave me a complete psychotherapy background that includes holistic and mindfulness modalities. These complement my scientific outlook on psycho-physiological diagnoses aided through Heart Rate Variability measurements, with a focus on stress-related and anxiety-related disorders, panic attacks, and heart palpitations.
Regionally, I’ve held a professional psychologist license issued by Dubai Healthcare City Licensing Board since 2010. Beginning in 2011, I have participated as a psychology lecturer at Middlesex University London-Dubai campus.
In addition to my other accreditation, I’m proud to be a board-certified Sport Psychologist with New York’s American Board of Sport Psychology and a board-certified HRV Biofeedback Therapist, through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance of Colorado, USA, and Slovakia.
Work History & Focus
The primary focuses in my practice are stress-related and anxiety-related disorders, which include ADHD, ADD, and OCD, depression, panic attacks, and post-traumatic disorders. I also treat patients suffering a lack of energy and vitality, low self-confidence, or who may be experiencing fatigue and/or insomnia. I have extensive experience working with patients presenting with cardiovascular problems caused by psychological disorders and stress symptoms, as well as those who have diabetes and hypertension.
In working with me, my patients will ideally learn to release stress and anxiety through breathing exercises, mindfulness, and positive reconstruction of thinking patterns, which all can help reduce or eliminate fear and worry. The goal of my treatment is to improve patients’ homeostasis – or their equilibrium and stability – through creating positivity in their automatic thoughts while altering negative thought patterns. Patients can learn to balance their autonomic nervous system via activating both their sympathetic heart function (which governs arousal and getting fired up, like hitting your car’s gas pedal) and the parasympathetic branch of the heart (which slows you down and calms your system). Controlling the balance between these sympathetic and parasympathetic heart rhythms can result in greater mindfulness skills and better well-being.
I am fluent in English, Slovak, Czech, and Russian.